LightSource Podcast Article Series

E008 Single Light Studio Setups

This episode of LightSource finds hosts Bill and Ed discussing the use of a single light in the studio.


Bill Crawford, publisher of (Flickr)
Ed Hidden, exclusive photographer (Flickr)

LightSource Episode 8 (Audio Article Series) [26:30 minutes]



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In this episode:

Lighting and Photography news:

Plus, Bill and Ed discuss:

Audio Article: Single Light Studio Setups

  • Bill and Ed talk about using a single light in the studio
  • Effects of moving the light around the subject
  • Hard and Soft Light
  • Effects of distance on light quality (see article)
  • Adding Reflectors to a single light setup
  • Ed’s favorite – Lastolite Trigrip reflector
  • Using Foamboard panels for reflectors
  • Diffusion Panels as a main light source
  • Using Mirrors for Hairlights

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4 thoughts on “E008 Single Light Studio Setups

  1. Mark Gilvey

    Hi Guys,

    I just tuned into your podcast and saw the Single Light Studio Setup podcast in the list. I haven’t listened to it yet but I thought I would share my one light setup for shooting jewelry using just an off camera flash (not a AC powered strobe).

    My wife makes beaded jewelry so I thought it would be nice if I could come up with a quick way to set up a small lighting setup so I could move products throught rather quickly and have really good quality detail in the photos. All I used was a Metz 45CT 1 flash gun diffused with some white ripstop nylon and bounced off the ceiling.

    Check out the results: then click on any piece of jewelry and you can zoom into any part of the photo for a close-up view.

    I used to shoot designer jewelry with a custom tent and about 6 heads but after they downsized, I didn’t have those toys so I had to figure out a way to get good results with my home gear. Necessity is the mother of invention isn’t it.